Monthly Archives: February 2008

The Village Fresh Market opened April 9th

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Update: The Village Fresh Market is getting much closer to opening soon, but no specific date yet. If anybody has noticed they have installed the parking lot lighting outside, but the progress inside is moving quickly. Counters, Coolers, Checkouts and Shopping Carts are in place, It shouldn’t be much longer hopefully.

Looks like the owner of the Village Fresh Market is gearing up to open in early April. This will be great for those of us who have been forced to grocery shop in other communities.

Village Officials will be offered a tour of the new store prior to it’s Grand opening. I’m sure it will be a lot different than the old run down Jewel Store, This is a plus for the east side of Carpentersville.

On another note; It looks like there is some interest in the 47 acre parcel of land along Randall road, commonly known as the Heinkel Farm. It’s intended use would be for Industrial and retail. This will also be a great addition to Carpentersville’s tax base.

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JW Files Court Brief in Support of Hazleton, PA,

February 22, 2008

From the Desk of Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton:

JW Files Court Brief in Support of Hazleton, PA, in Illegal Immigration Lawsuit
 

You may recall that in July of 2007, a federal judge ruled against two City of Hazleton, PA, ordinances dealing with the employment and harboring of illegal aliens.  But that was not the end of the story.  The lawsuit is now on appeal.  And, on February 14, 2008, we filed an amicus curiae brief with the United States Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit in support of Hazleton.  (By the way, want to take a guess at which organization is leading the legal campaign against Hazleton?  You guessed it.  The American Civil Liberties Union [ACLU].)
Here’s our argument in a nutshell:  “…The regulation of the landlord-tenant and employment relationships – are well within the traditional police and licensing powers of the City.  Because the ordinances do not seek specifically to regulate immigration, they are not preempted by federal immigration law,” Judicial Watch argued in its brief.  “In fact, the ordinances work in harmony with federal law and are entirely consistent with purposes set forth by Congress in enacting legislation concerning immigration. They also fit comfortably within well-established case law authorizing local government actions.” (You can read the rest here.)
By way of review, Hazleton’s Ordinance 2006-13, otherwise known as the Rental Registration Ordinance, requires a person who intends to rent a “dwelling unit” in the City of Hazleton to submit an application and obtain an occupancy permit.  (To obtain such a permit an applicant must provide “proper identification showing proof of legal citizenship and/or residency.”)  Ordinance 2006-18, otherwise known as the Illegal Immigration Relief Act, prohibits any business entity in the City of Hazleton that holds a business permit from employing an illegal alien.  This ordinance also prohibits any person or business entity owning a dwelling unit in Hazleton from harboring an illegal alien in that unit.
The Supreme Court has a handy three-part test to determine whether or not state immigration laws violate the Supremacy Clause, which gives precedence to federal laws over state laws.  JW maintains these ordinances are completely consistent with the Constitution.
First, the Hazleton statutes do not attempt to regulate immigration, which is the exclusive domain of the federal government, but instead rely upon the immigration standards established by federal law.  Second, the Hazleton statutes regulate areas (tenant and employment relationships) traditionally governed by state governments, not the federal government.  And finally, the Hazleton statutes do not burden or conflict with the “full purposes and objectives of Congress,” but rather seek to facilitate the objectives established by Congress with the enactment of federal immigration laws.
(Other federal courts in Arizona and Missouri recently upheld local statutes substantially similar to Hazleton’s statutes.)
The clear intent of federal immigration law is to prevent illegal aliens from coming here and staying here.  The Hazleton statutes are completely consistent with the objectives of Congress.  Let’s hope the appellate court agrees with JW and does the right thing by overturning the lower court’s flawed decision.
(I again encourage you to read our lawyers’ full brief, as it not only provides an excellent overview of important aspects of immigration law, but presents strong legal — and common sense — arguments for the conservative principle of judicial restraint.)

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Well, isn’t this nice? A Carpentersville Trustee praises President of Mexico!

Daily Herald
Varying levels of welcome for Mexican president
By Emily Krone | Daily Herald Staff

http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=133764&src=22

Published: 2/13/2008 12:17 AM

The suburban reaction to Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s stopover Tuesday in Chicago was as mixed as his reputation in his own country.

Calderon, who won a disputed election in 2006, continued his first presidential visit to the United States by meeting with local politicians and immigration rights activists, including some from the suburbs.

Carpentersville Trustee Linda Ramirez-Sliwinski scored a personal invitation from the Mexican Consulate to meet Calderon. She has led opposition to the proposed crackdown on Carpentersville employers and landlords who hire or rent to illegal immigrants.

“The people were excited to see him and liked what he had to say,” Ramirez-Sliwinski said. “He said the U.S. and Mexico need to work together … . It’s not a local government issue, and unless the two federal governments work together, they’re never going to have any successes.”

Others blasted Calderon for meddling in the affairs of another nation while poverty at home forces workers across the border.

“I just think that as a sovereign nation, we shouldn’t be putting up with this,” said David Gorak, executive director of the Midwest Coalition to Reduce Immigration. “What is he doing running around here? He should stay home and make his own country work for his own people.”

Jim Richardson, of the Fox Valley Minuteman Project, called Calderon a “very divisive man.”

“He wants the illegal immigration ingrained in,” Richardson said. “He wants to take advantage of the generosity of people in the Fox Valley and the state of Illinois.”

Calderon met with Chicago and state officials, but increasingly, the suburbs have become flash points of the immigration debate.

Elgin last month joined a growing list of suburban communities rolling out plans to combat illegal immigration.

Hispanic immigrants there are gripped by fear, said Jaime Garcia, interim executive director of Centro de Informacion in Elgin.

A visit by a head of state won’t do much to alleviate those fears, Garcia said.

“In the streets of Elgin, is his visit going to do anything? Certainly it’s not going to have any type of effect on what happens on city council,” Garcia said. “If he did try to suggest something or do anything to intervene, that just gives them more fuel for the fire.”

I know Sliwinski’s father came here as an Illegal Alien to make a better life for his family, but it was Illegal to do it. Now Sliwinski and the President of Mexico want our policies changed to make it easier to do exactly what had happened under the Reagan administration and give all the law breakers a break.I think we are all suffering from the Reagan give away. People who were given amnesty still don’t appreciate American values and don’t find the need to assimilate, then ask for things to be printed in Spanish, TV networks in their own Language, Stores set up exclusively to cater to themselves.

Citizenship must be earned and not given away. To be an American is a privilege and not a right !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If both were serious about the problem that brought both of them here to speak about Immigration they would in deed fix the real problem, Now!

Not the band aid approach Sliwinski and Calderon want to give the patient and the patient being “Illegal Immigration”. They need to find a cure for the patient .Create an atmosphere of Community, Gainful Employment, Fair Income, Corrupt free politics, Justice and Pride in Mexico. That should be the concentration of the native Mexican people to fix Mexico make it the place everyone wants to be.

So now we have native Mexicans leaving their homeland instead of staying where they are needed. These ambitious people are the one’s that are needed to make Mexico politically and a socially stable Country.

Instead they are here in the USA, not working for their own Country, but to make it easier for their citizens to vacate their homeland and come to a Foreign land and demand rights.

What’s wrong with this picture, don’t people Like Sliwinski and Calderon have any Patriotism for their Homeland.

What would our President do if we had a mass exodus of people to another country would our President and Congress try to fix the root cause of the problem or would they go to the Foreign land and tell that country to give the incoming Americans citizenship.

I think the American government would be embarrassed to do what Calderon is doing, but then again we are proud Americans, evidently they are not so proud Mexicans.

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illegal immigrant hiring law upheld

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080208/ap_on_re_us/employer_sanctions_1

Az. illegal-immigrant hiring law upheld

By PAUL DAVENPORT and JACQUES BILLEAUD, Associated Press Writers Thu Feb 7, 7:23 PM ET

PHOENIX – A federal judge on Thursday upheld an Arizona law that prohibits businesses from knowingly hiring illegal immigrants and yanks the businesses licenses of those that do.

U.S. District Judge Neil Wake’s ruling was a defeat to employers who argued the law was an unconstitutional attempt by a state to regulate immigration, traditionally the federal government’s responsibility.

Wake rejected arguments by business groups that federal immigration law severely restricts Arizona‘s ability to punish people who knowingly employ illegal immigrants.

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Was B. S. Sarto impaired?

Reminds me of that movie, “Guess who’s coming to dinner” with Spencer Tracy.

Friday night at 9:45 in the evening, a group of citizens who belong to Fox Valley Citizens, were about to call it a night after a long evening of discussing and educating each other about being a Pollwatcher, during the upcoming primary. Well, you can imagine the homeowner’s surprise, when someone began knocking on his door at such a late hour. The bigger surprise was that it was Carpentersville’s Village President B. S. Sarto!!! Yes, the same guy and with the help of his allies [Dave Reece, trustee Linda Sliwinski, Paul Culusinski and Fernando Leyva] who have painted Fox Valley Citizens and it’s members as racists and bigots.

It didn’t take to long though to figure out why he came at such a late hour…..he had a strong smell of ALCOHOL on his breath. 

What is wrong with this picture? Just the other week, Paul Calusinski and Dave Reece were stalking the same home of Lake Marion resident Jay Radke [Kane County Police were called in] and now Dave Reece was stalking the same home this Friday evening, before a tipsy B. S. Sarto shows up at the door.

To add to all this, Gloria Van Cleave was intimidated and harrassed by Dave Reece, over at the Citgo gas station, while she got coffee and filled her car up with gas. This also happened that same Friday in the morning. She did file a complaint with the Carpentersville Police Department

What’s next….dogs and cats sleeping with each other?

Just my thoughts,

Brenda 

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“Illegal Immigration Relief Act” Upheld

February 1, 2008

Valley Park, Missouri “Illegal Immigration Relief Act” Upheld

Water20tower Yesterday, U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber entered summary judgment for the city of Valley Park, Missouri and upheld a local ordinance denying business licenses to employers who hire undocumented immigrants. Judge Webber rejected the argument of the American Civil Liberties Union and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund challenging the ordinance. Here is the order. Download gray_13108.pdf Here is the city’s press release.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/immigration/2008/02/valley-park-mis.html

 http://www.standardspeaker.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=6730&Itemid=2

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Federal Judge Rules That Local Governments Can Suspend Business Licenses for Hiring Illegal Aliens

http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/02-01-2008/0004747920&EDATE=

    Decision in Valley Park, Missouri, Case will have Far-Reaching
Consequences Predicts the Immigration Reform Law Institute

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In an unambiguous 57-page
decision handed down on January 31, U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber
ruled that local governments have a right to take action against illegal
immigration by suspending or denying business licenses to employers who
knowingly hire illegal aliens. Judge Webber granted the City of Valley
Park, Missouri's, request for summary judgment in dismissing a case seeking
to prevent the city from implementing local ordinances meant to crack down
on businesses that employ illegal aliens. His ruling rejected every one of
the arguments made by the plaintiffs in this suit.

    The Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI), a Washington, D.C.-based
public interest law firm representing citizens in immigration-related
matters, worked closely with the City of Valley Park in drafting ordinances
that were approved in February 2007, and provided legal representation to
the city in defending the ordinances against the suit brought by the
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Mexican American Legal
Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) on behalf of a few business owners
and anonymous illegal immigrants.

    "Judge Webber's ruling represents an across-the-board victory for the
people of Valley Park, and for the principle that local communities have a
legal right to discourage illegal immigration by denying business licenses
to companies that employ illegal workers," stated Prof. Kris Kobach, lead
counsel for Valley Park and of counsel with IRLI.

    In his precedent setting decision, Judge Webber ruled that carefully
crafted ordinances, such as the one enacted in Valley Park, a St. Louis
suburb, are not preempted by the federal government's exclusive right to
regulate immigration. Rather such ordinances constitute the normal function
of local governments to regulate the terms under which business may be
conducted in their jurisdiction, and that federal laws prohibiting the
employment of illegal aliens encourage local governments to act in this
manner.

    "The Valley Park decision is a clear green light for other cities and
states to enact similar laws," declared Michael Hethmon, general counsel
for IRLI. "Point by point, Judge Webber's decision deconstructs and
dismisses each of the arguments that opponents of immigration enforcement
have made in this and other cases around the country. As a result of this
decision we expect to see many more communities enact common sense
ordinances, confident that the law is on their side."


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